CNN, Fox News eclipse Big Three nets after 9/11
The 9/11 terrorist attacks did more than bring down the twin symbols of America's financial power when the World Trade Center collapsed. They also ended the dominance of network TV news, giving the edge to cable news. "It goes back to 9/11," says pollster Myra Miller. "People got into the habit of watching cable." In a new poll, Miller, of the Winston Group, finds CNN and Fox in the national TV news driver's seat, largely because people like tuning in for headlines whenever they want. "In the world of 24-7 news," says Miller, "people won't wait until the 6 p.m. news." In the poll--which confirmed a trend Miller has been seeing--folks were asked for their two top news sources. Newspapers ranked first at 50 percent, followed by CNN (23 percent), local TV (22 percent), Fox (15 percent), NBC (11 percent), ABC (9 percent), news websites and National Public Radio (8 percent), and CBS (7 percent). Talk radio, magazines, and C-SPAN barely ranked, and Sunday morning public-affairs shows were dead last--alongside The Tonight Show and The Daily Show.
Ted Nugent's Vote Scratch Fever
Sorry P. Diddy , but rock-and-roller Ted Nugent says your message to America's youth to just vote is, to put it mildly, garbage. "I'm scared to death when the left, the hippies, the MTV parolees go, 'Just get out and vote,' " the Nuge tells Whispers. "That's not good enough. It's like saying, 'Well, there's a child drowning in the river. Just do something. Here, I'll throw him a cinder block.' Well at least you did something," smirks the creator of such hits as "Cat Scratch Fever." "We don't need to do just something," barks the Republican activist and National Rifle Association board member. "We need to do the right thing, you understand? And I see this 'Just vote' from Puffy, Daddy, or whatever he is, to be frightening, pipe dream, fantasy world, youth ignorance," Nugent froths. You laugh? Don't. The Nuge is huge on outdoors TV with his top-rated Spirit of the Wild, pushes politics on his website, and is a hit on the USO tour with country's Toby Keith . His message: Be passionate and educated about politics. "Voting is the most important decision a free man can indulge in, can make!"
Bush Poster child
If the picture of little 3-year-old Sophia Parlock crying after some Kerry-Edwards supporters tore up her Bush-Cheney poster got to you, well, you weren't the only one. President Bush and even first pup Barney were dismayed too, we hear. It happened at a West Virginia rally last week for Democratic running mate Sen. John Edwards, to which Phil Parlock brought his daughter. After seeing the picture of the tearful Sophia on her father's shoulders, aides said the president was sending her a little note Friday along with a signed campaign poster and an autographed photo of the prez and his dog. "Dear Sophia," Bush penned, "Thank you for supporting my campaign. I understand someone tore up your sign. So I am sending you a new sign and a signed picture. Please give my best to your family. Sincerely, George W. Bush." And on the picture, he inked: "To Sophia, Best wishes from me and Barney." Phil Parlock tells us it really wasn't necessary. "He already said 'Thank you' when he hugged her" at a previous Bush rally they attended, he says. "She bragged for days."